Call it a sign of the times, but an actual National Football head coach is planning to give his players some leeway and allow them to have breaks to get on their cell phones during important meetings.
New Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury revealed on Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings that he’ll implement “cellphone breaks” during team meetings.
He did something similar at Texas Tech and wanted to bring that same thing to the league.
“They’re itching to get to those things,” he said.
Kingsbury saw how short the attention span can be for young players while in Lubbock, so he decided to break up the meetings into 20 or 30 minute chunks.
“You start to see kind of hands twitching and legs shaking, and you know they need to get that social media fix, so we’ll let them hop over there and then get back in the meeting and refocus,” Kingsbury said, via ESPN.com.
“I think coming from the college ranks to obviously, those young men, it’s got to be quick hitters, 20 minutes at a time, give them a break and get them back in,” he said. “We want to make sure that when we have them, they’re focused, and they’re locked in, and we’re maximizing their time.
“So if we’ve got to split it up or have shorter meetings, that’s what we do.”
Only time will tell if this will actually translate to success on the field or will people kill him for it if the team goes on a long losing streak.